One of my LEAST favorite words is masticate, even writing it gives me chills of ewwww.
That said. It is really important.
Digestion begins in the brain. You see the food. You smell the food. You want the food and your body is like YEA FOOD!
And it begins to produce saliva (another gross word). This is GREAT! Salvia is a special cocktail of electrolytes, hormones, and enzymes (with names like salivary amylase).
We like the salvia because next up you put the food in your mouth. Which brings me to my earlier point.
This breaks down the food and it mixes with the salvia and the aforementioned salivary amylase which is fantastic at breaking down carbohydrates.
If you do not chew. You get big food chunks.
Big food chunks are bad because the rest of your system is not really meant to handle them.
And as your food chunks go down your system (next stop STOMACH) they are not fully being broken down. More enzymes are thrown at the chunks by the pancreas TO NO AVAIL!
Why is this bad?
The moral of the story. Pause, slow down, chew, and enjoy your food. For me. Because I wrote this post with words I hate. Because I love you. Because this is important.
MORE TO COME ON DIGESTION and ACID REFLUX... get excited.